The Zero Field Cooled (ZFC) Exchange Bias (EB) effect in a single phase nanocrystalline Mg-ferrite thin film, deposited on an amorphous quartz substrate using pulsed laser ablation technique, is reported. The film showed a high ZFC EB shift (HE ∼190 Oe) at 5 K. The ZFC EB shift decreased with increasing temperature and disappeared at higher temperatures (T > 70 K). This Mg-ferrite thin film also showed the Conventional Exchange Bias (CEB) effect, but unlike many CEB systems, the film showed a decrease in coercivity (HC) under the Field Cooled measurements. The film also showed the training effect in ZFC measurements, which followed the frozen spin relaxation behavior. The observed exchange bias could be attributed to the pinning effect of the surface spins of frozen glassy states at the interface of large ferrimagnetic grains.
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- General Physics and Astronomy